Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Dracula

Dracula has been attributed to many literary genres including horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. Structurally it is an epistolary novel, that is, told as a series of diary entries and letters. Literary critics have examined many themes in the novel, such as the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and repressed […]

The Shining

The Shining (1977) is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. King’s third published novel, the success of the book firmly established King as a pre-eminent author in the genre. A film based upon the book, The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick, was released in 1980. The book was later adapted into a television […]

Zuni Fetiches

Frank Hamilton Cushing (1857-1900) was born in Northeastern Pennsylvania, later moving with his family to western New York. He published his first scientific paper when he was only 17. After a brief period at Cornell University, he was appointed curator of the ethnological department of the National Museum in Washington, D.C.. There he came to […]

The Younger Edda

Snorre Sturleson (1178-1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet and politician. He was twice elected lawspeaker at the Icelandic parliament, the Althing. He was the author of the Prose Edda or Younger Edda, which consists of Gylfaginning (The Fooling of Gylfi), a narrative of Norse mythology, the Skáldskaparmál, a book of poetic language, and the Háttatal, […]

The Wisdom of the Ancients

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban (1561-1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, and essayist. He is also known as a proponent of the scientific revolution. He was knighted in 1603, created Baron Verulam in 1618, and created Viscount St. Alban in 1621. Bacon’s threefold goals were to discover truth, to serve his country, and to […]

The White Ship, The Tree, and The Tomb

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, known then simply as weird fiction. His major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. He […]

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